The Relationship Between Spiritual Health and Quality of Life of Heart Transplant Candidates

AbstractThe heart transplantation is a stressful event, and its waiting time is often associated with worsening of clinical conditions and deterioration of the patient ’s quality of life. Spirituality plays an important role in mental health, so the present study was conducted to investigate the relationship between spiritual health and quality of life of patients undergoing cardiac transplantation. The present descriptive study was performed on 48 patients unde rgoing cardiac transplantation at the Shahid Rajaee Cardiovascular Center in Tehran during the first half of 2016. The data were collected by Ellisan–Palutzian Spiritual Well-Being Scale, Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHFQ) and Iranian Heart Failure Quality of Life Questionna ire (IHF-QOL). We used the SPSS v.20 software to analyze the data via descriptive statistics, parametric and non-parametric correlation and regression tests. The majority of patients (60.4%) had high spiritual health with a median score of 105, and its religious dimension was reported better (P 
Source: Journal of Religion and Health - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Cardiac Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: CASE REPORT Source Type: research
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Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
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Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
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Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
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